Motorola Photon Q sells for $199.99 on August 19

Preorders begin today for Sprint's Motorola Photon Q, a 4G LTE Android 4.0 smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Motorola Photon Q

On Sunday, Sprint will welcome its second Photon to the family. The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, with 4G LTE, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, jazzed up with edge lighting, goes on sale for $199.99 with a new service agreement. Preorders begin today.

With the Photon Q's list of specs, it's clear that Motorola is aiming for premium placement in Sprint's lineup. It sports a 4.3-inch LCD "Color Boost" screen (with a 960x540-pixel resolution), an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video support, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera with 720p HD video support. Under the hood churns a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

If you're expecting long-lasting life to rival the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx's 3,100mAh battery, forget it. However, the Photon Q will possess a 1,785mAh battery to keep the phone going.

Stick with CNET; we'll review the texting superphone as soon as our review unit arrives.

Article updated 8/14/2012 at 9:33am PT with processor details.

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